Spirit tops at Naas

Sun 6th Jan 2013, 14:38

photoBrian O'Connell debriefs Beneficial Spirit's connections
©Healy Racing Photos
Many horses were supported for the Tipper Road Handicap Chase at Naas and the vast majority of the field had chances as they approached the second last.

Beneficial Spirit, priced up at 25/1 last night and returned a ten was the one to find extra when it mattered most.

He came with a good looking run on the far side under Brian O'Connell from two out.

On the run-in, Philip Rothwell's charge (a measure of compensation for him following Saoirse Dun's fall yesterday) stayed on well to beat Quiet Thought by three lengths.

Rothwell said: "I'm delighted. He had a very good run at Gowran but when he came home he was lame.

"He missed two weeks work. Andrew (Ring) gave him a lovely ride at Leopardstown last time. He gave a blow two out and improved nicely from it.

"We'll mix it between hurdles and fences with him now.

"He's been a difficult horse as he's had plenty of injuries.

"He's won a bumper and a couple of hurdles and now twice over fences – hopefully he's not finished either." (GC & EM)

World Rules Slaney opposition

We had former Irish 'pointers' Monbeg Dude and Golantilla dominate the headlines yesterday and it was another graduate from 'between the flags' that left Naas buzzing today after Rule The World's demolition of the opposition in the Grade 2 Slaney Novice Hurdle.